Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are something that just about everyone will need to have removed at one point in their lives. However, if they are not removed soon enough or they grow in at unnatural angles, they can cause some serious complications.
If wisdom teeth are impacted, they can cause pain and discomfort. Luckily, if they're detected early on, they can be removed before causing any real problems. In order to prevent pain and detect impacted wisdom teeth early, it's important you know the signs.
Let's take a look at few of the most common symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth.
1. Pain in the back of the mouth.
Your wisdom teeth are located all the way in the back of your mouth. If you're experiencing throbbing pain back there, your wisdom teeth may be impacted. This is particularly true if the pain seems to be coming from your molars.
2. Gums that are swollen, tender, or bleeding.
If your gums are tender, swollen, and bleeding, this is almost always a sign that something is wrong with your oral health, including impacted wisdom teeth. If your gums are bleeding or feel tender when brushing or flossing, this is a sign that you need to get checked out by your dentist.
3. Swollen jaw or glands.
Swollen jaw or glands is another sign that your wisdom teeth may be impacted. If your jaw or glands are swollen, you may feel some discomfort when you try to chew or open your mouth. if your glands are swollen, it may also cause pain in your shoulder or neck.
4. Headaches or face pain.
Another common symptom of impacted wisdom teeth is frequent headaches or pain in the face. Because impacted wisdom teeth can press down on the temporomandibular joint, it can cause pain in the jaw and the skull.
If you're experiencing any of these signs and symptoms or you believe that your wisdom teeth may be impacted, you should make an appointment with Dr. Langer as soon as possible. Ignoring impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain and discomfort, so contact our Brooklyn office to schedule your next appointment.